Larry Bird is one of the meanest talkers in NBA history. Even before setting foot in the NBA, Bird already enjoyed talking with his co-workers. The funny thing is that Larry Legend didn’t choose who he will play with. You’re on Bird’s target list, whether you’re a basketball player or a garbage collector.
For his glittering high school basketball career at Springs Valley High School, Bird earned a scholarship to Indiana University. From a town with a modest population of 2,000, Bird moved to the massive campus with 33,000 students. Shocked by the drastic change, Bird returned home.
“People naturally think it was a problem between (Bobby) Knight and me, but it wasn’t. The school was just too big. I was a child who was homesick, who was lost and broke,Bird said, per ESPN.
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Once home, Bird worked different jobs to make ends meet. He mowed the grass, painted beaches and drove a garbage truck. Before packing his bags to continue his studies in the small state of Indiana in Terre Haute, Bird told his colleagues in the garbage trucks that he would return.
“I told them, ‘I will go there to do some studies. Then I’ll be back and I’ll be the boss of you guys,‘‘ said the bird.
I never came back
Bird never returned – at least not immediately. There is no information if Bird bought the garbage truck business and became the boss of his former colleagues. What is etched in history is that Bird forged a remarkable three-year college basketball career. After a 33-0 season, he led the Sycamores to the 1979 NCAA Championship game against Magic Johnson’s Michigan State.
Then he entered the NBA as the sixth overall pick in the 1978 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. Bird picked up three NBA championships, three league MVPs, 12 All-Star appearances, three NBA 3-point contest trophies and many more. Today, he is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
After his professional basketball career, Kodak returned to Indiana, this time as an executive and coach. In just three years as head coach of the Pacers, Bird led the team to two conference finals and an NBA Finals. He was crowned coach of the year in the 1997-98 season.
Fast forward to the 2011-12 season, Bird was named Executive of the Year, making him the only person in league history to win NBA MVP, Coach the year and frame of the year. That’s a great resume for a garbage truck driver.